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Alfonso Raymond SALAZAR





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 25, 1986
Date of birth: August 25, 1963
Victim profile: Sarah Kaplan, 83
Method of murder: Strangulation with the telephone cord
Location: Pima County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 9, 1988

Date of Birth: August 25, 1963
Defendant: Hispanic
Victim: Caucasian

On July 25, 1986, Salazar and Michael Davis pulled the wrought iron bars from a window and entered the Tucson home of Sarah Kaplan.

Ms. Kaplan was 83 years old, weighed less than 90 pounds, was 5 feet tall, and wore a patch on one eye. Salazar and Davis beat her and strangled her with the telephone cord.

Fingerprints belonging to both men were found at the scene. One of Salazar's prints was in blood.

In a separate trial, Davis was convicted and sentenced to death.


    Presiding Judge: Gilbert Veliz
    Prosecutors: Jesse Figueroa and Kathleen Mayer
    Start of Trial: December 2, 1987
    Verdict: December 14, 1987
    Sentencing: February 9, 1988

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Especially heinous/cruel/depraved

Mitigating Circumstances:

    None sufficient to call for leniency


    State v. Salazar, 173 Ariz. 399, 844 P.2d 566 (1992).



Alfonso Raymond Salazar



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